It’s been two years since the January 6th Capitol shootings, but experts say the impact on politics and everyday life is still there.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Mobs tried to stop Congress from certifying the results of the 2020 election by storming the United States Capitol two years ago.
The Capitol was solemn when a minute of silence was held on the building’s steps on Friday to commemorate the five people killed in the attack. Experts say the effects are still being felt two years later.
Syrian Villavicencio, professor of political science at the University of San Joaquin, said: Delta College.
McCarthy is a congressman from Bakersfield, California, who was just elected after a very tense four days and 15 ballots.
“He can’t get the votes he needs to become chairman because there are fringe groups within the Republican party who are seriously asking for their voices to be heard in the process.” said Villavicencio.
He said social media and how it’s being used to spread ideas is another example of January 6’s impact on American politics.
“I think media literacy is very important for the audience. The way we consume media, the way we consume politics, the way we participate in politics,” Villavicencio said. I was.
He says that if people have the right information, they can participate in politics in a productive way rather than violently.
“Having a really productive political discourse allows us to really address the real problems, the real challenges facing our society,” said Villavicencio.
There are a few things people need to know to move forward.
“Usually when a crisis occurs, conspiracy theorists take advantage of it. They take advantage of our fear, they take advantage of our uncertainty,” Villavicencio said. “I think the kind of extremist rhetoric we continue to hear will continue.”
He says people have to be aware of what’s going on on the internet, such as misinformation and disinformation, and who it’s coming from.
“You have to double-check your sources. You have to make sure what you’re consuming is real and the facts are there,” said Villavicencio.
140 police officers were seriously injured as a result of a riot in the Capitol two years ago. There are also rumors of a new lawsuit stemming from the death of a policeman who defended the Capitol, which also names former President Donald Trump.
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